Launch Slideshow

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Gen Y: Feathering the Nest

Gen Y: Feathering the Nest

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    House of Wonders Looks can be deceiving: Behind this appealingly modest façade is a home that feels both intimate and spacious—and that lives a lot bigger than it looks.
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    Inside Out Woodley used two smart tactics to make this house spacious. The open plan layout makes for long views and rooms that spill into each other and onto the outside spaces. So does capitalizing on the warm-climate environs. Telescoping glass doors blur the line between interior and exterior, offering good views of and easy access to the outdoor areas—which increase the overall living space by a third.
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    Serene Spaces

    1. At the end of a long, hard day, everyone needs a quiet place to retreat. The Gen Y master bathroom has a double-sized shower with a toweling-off area set right outside the shower door.

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    2. The entire master bedroom suite is off the kitchen, in its own separate wing, with its own private door to the pool area.

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    3. The pool and hot tub are inviting places to relax in the sun, or in the evening when the water is illuminated with multi-colored fiber-optic pool lighting.

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    4. Tucked at the front of the house is a cozy guest room with a cottage-like vibe. The casita is separate but not isolated: Kitchenette, bathroom, and a separate entrance mean that friends and family who come to stay can enjoy their own space. Depending on local zoning laws, a casita like this can also be rented out for extra income.

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Launch Slideshow

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Gen Y: Products

Gen Y: Products

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    1. Cold Storage

    A 26-cubic-foot French door refrigerator from Whirlpool Corp. keeps food fresh in the Gen Y home. The Energy Star–rated unit features SpillGuard glass shelves, an exterior ice and water dispenser with a PuR six-month filter, LED interior lighting, and humidity-controlled crispers. www.insideadvantage.com.
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    2. Tanks a Lot

    Offering increased energy efficiency over traditional tanks, the Voltex from A. O. Smith pulls heat from the surrounding air and uses it to warm water. The tank then exhausts cool, dehumidified air as a by-product. Available in four operation modes, it has a 2.4 Energy Factor. www.hotwater.com.
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    3. Window Dressing

    A variety of openings by window manufacturer Deceuninck adds a little drama to the front and rear elevation of the Gen Y home. The vinyl windows are low maintenance and energy efficient and are available with a nail fin for new construction. www.deceuninck-americas.com.
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    4. Silence, Please

    In the Gen Y home’s apartment, an Ultra Silent QTREN110 bath fan from Broan will help keep the air clean and eliminate the chance for mold growth. The 110-CFM unit operates at a very quiet 1.3 sones. www.broan.com.
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    5. Reef Madness

    Eldorado Stone’s Coastal Reef in a pearl white color pulls triple-duty on the façade, courtyard, and kitchen backsplash of the Gen Y house. Simulating ocean-worn coral, the product is precision cut with texture and color that looks like the real thing. It’s available in lengths of 4 inches to 16 inches. www.eldoradostone.com.
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    6. Wrap Up

    All three homes are covered with Fiberweb’s Typar housewrap. Part of the manufacturer’s Weather Protection System, the wrap blocks water from entering the wall cavity and breathes so moisture can escape. www.typar.com.
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    7. Code Compliance

    The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ Research and Testing arm certified that the homes’ plumbing and HVAC measure up to its stated water- and energy-use performance standard. The ANSI-accredited group ensures that systems are in compliance with established codes and works with labs to test products for manufacturers.
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    8. Shaker Heights

    A contemporary interpretation of Shaker design, Timberlake Cabinetry’s Sonoma is used throughout the Gen Y house. The full overlay doors have crisp edges, flat veneer centers, and adjustable hinges, while the 21-inch drawers feature side-mounted glides and dovetail joints. www.timberlake.com.
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    9. Floor Ways

    The Gen Y great room and main living areas are covered with a highly durable porcelain floor tile from Mohawk Hard Surface. The Santa Flavia tiles measure 20 inches by 20 inches and will withstand lots of foot traffic thanks to its high wear rating. Tiles are specified in Vanilla Roast. www.mohawk-flooring.com.
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    10. Clean Up

    Electrolux’s Serenity IQS central vacuum will come in handy when it’s time to clean. The system features sealed suction and a large dirt bucket for collecting debris. It also includes power hose, handle, and cleaning tools. www.beamvac.com.
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    11. Keyed In

    A Camelot battery-operated keypad deadbolt from Schlage will allow Gen Y homeowners to enter and leave the home without using a key. Featuring an easy Turn Lock feature, the unit can be customized to fit security needs, can be installed in about 30 minutes, and is preset with two user codes so it’s ready to go right out of the box. The battery lasts three years. www.schlage.com
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    12. Pump It Up

    The Infinity Series heat pump from Carrier is part of the homes’ energy-efficiency strategy. Available in one- and two-stage units, the product is engineered to team with an Infinity Series furnace to create a Hybrid Heat dual-fuel system. Available in SEER ratings that go as high as 19, the unit is made from galvanized steel with a powder-coat finish and uses Puron refrigerant. www.carrier.com.

2012 Concept Home Coverage

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For young buyers stepping up from condo to detached home, architect Michael Woodley designed a one-story house with a simple, open floor plan and airy spaces that ring fresh, clean, and contemporary. And did we mention flexible? “Designing for this kind of buyer involves a different process,” says Woodley. “It has to be an efficient house that can flex for kids, as well as a brother, sister, or parent.” The house adapts beautifully to a young couple starting out with a baby in the near-term plan (or a new arrival). Yet the home accommodates much more. The front bedroom could be a guest room, but it also works as a child’s room, or a bedroom for a roommate or sibling who has come to stay for a while. The adjoining den space can flex from TV room to yoga studio to baby’s room. Could be there’s a parent or grandparent who visits from afar, flying in once a year to be with the family for a month or more. With this in mind, Woodley included a detached guest casita with its own entrance off the front courtyard. The casita has a kitchenette and feels separate enough for privacy, but it’s close enough to feel a part of the house. If one member of the household works from home, the office space adjacent to the kitchen and dining area is equipped with sliding doors that can be opened so there’s connection to the rest of the house and to the view out back. But when it’s time for concentration and conference calls, the doors close it off easily.

Like other homes in this multigenerational community by Centerline Homes, the house takes full advantage of its warm-weather locale, increasing the living space—and making 2,000 square feet feel much bigger—with telescoping sliding glass doors that open out to thoughtfully planned outdoor spaces. In the courtyard entryway, there’s room to shoot hoops, as well as a peaceful spot to sit and read. Out back, the pool and hot tub areas are delineated by separate levels, making for a clean, open space that’s great for gatherings. At night, the pool’s alternating-color illumination adds a touch of drama in the form of a light show. The master bedroom and bathroom are separate enough from the rest of the house so there’s plenty of privacy (check out the private door that leads from bedroom to pool area—perfect for a midnight dip).

Gen Y buyers may be a good 30 years younger than their Boomer counterparts, but Woodley noticed that these two groups have more in common with each other than with the Gen Xers in between them. While Gen Y is just getting started, Boomers may be starting to wind down: Both types of buyers likely have household incomes that are less than a dual-income Gen X couple. Sometimes called “bookenders,” both generations probably have fewer people living with them full time, so they need less house. A compact, open plan home such as this one holds appeal for buyers at both ends of the spectrum.

Plan Y In this layout, the rooms spill gracefully into one another, resulting in a home that’s open, airy, and efficient. The entire plan flexes beautifully for a growing family, for working at home, and for visiting relatives and friends.